WWF's African species expert Matthew Lewis said he "did not want to believe" the rhino poaching statistics for 2012, which showed a record number of rhinos were killed.
Poachers are stepping up their game and we must do the same.
We need to increase protection for rangers on the front-lines and curb the demand for rhino horn in consumer countries to stop this heinous wildlife crime.
I do not want to imagine a world in which rhinos no longer exist in the wild.”
The UK is leading calls for Vietnam and China to stem the roaring demand for ivory that is driving the rise in poaching in Africa.
If the demand for rhino horns in Vietnam continues at the current rate it could threaten to wipe out this majestic animal.